EAA to Name Six Directors Emeritus
Dr. Peggy Baty Chabrian
April 30, 2009 — EAA’s Board of Directors gathering in Oshkosh for its spring meetings this week, will honor six retiring members with Director Emeritus status at Thursday evening’s dinner. They include John Beetham, Jim Brown, Dr. Peggy Chabrian, Verne Jobst, Richard “Dick” Taylor, and Joe Wyatt. These EAAers have supplied decades of service to the EAA Board and even longer as members and volunteers within the organization.John A. Beetham
John Beetham has been a member of EAA since 1964. He served as designee for Chapter 18, Judge of Custom Built Aircraft for four years; chief judge for three years; as an EAA Director since 1985; and as Treasurer of EAA since 1987. During his 37-year career with AC Electronics and Allison Gas Turbine Divisions of General Motors Corporation, John held a number of engineering and reliability positions, including Reliability Program Manager for the Apollo Guidance and Navigation Systems, and Director of International Customer Support for Allison Aircraft Engines.
John is active in Indiana aviation as well as in EAA. He is a member of the Indianapolis Aero Club, a member of EAA Chapter 1311, and a director of the Hendricks County Aviation Association. He holds a private pilot and aircraft and powerplant certificates.Jim Brown
Jim Brown is the owner and chairman of Hartzell Propeller Inc., a leading manufacturer of aircraft propeller systems located in Piqua, Ohio. He serves as a director of the National Aviation Hall of Fame and is a former director of Austin Powder Co., Hospitality Motor Inns, Southwestern Explosives, MSI, Summit Insurance, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Cleveland), United States Air and Trade Show (Dayton), The Piqua Community Foundation, and Junior Achievement (Dayton).
Before acquiring Hartzell in 1987, he served as president and CEO of Austin Powder Company, a Cleveland-based manufacturer of industrial explosives. Jim was previously with Vistron Corporation, at the time the chemicals and plastics subsidiary of the Standard Oil Company of Ohio, now BP.Dr. Peggy Baty Chabrian
Dr. Peggy Baty Chabrian is president and founder of Women in Aviation, International, which was incorporated in 1994 following the success of the annual International Women in Aviation Conference she founded in 1990. The organization has since grown to include 14,000 women and men from all 50 states and several nations, representing all segments of aviation.
Dr. Chabrian has held several top positions in aviation including Academic Dean and Associate Vice President at Parks College; Dean of Academic Support for Aviation/Space Education at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus; and Department Chair of the Aviation Department at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She is also a past president and board member of the University Aviation Association. She is a 2,200-hour commercial/instrument multi-engine pilot and flight instructor who has been flying for more than 15 years. Most recently she added helicopter and sea plane ratings to her flight qualifications and has been an aircraft owner for many years. She has received the FAA Administrator’s Award for Excellence in Aviation Education and the Crown Circle Award from the National Congress on Aviation and Space Education.Verne Jobst
Verne Jobst has flown aircraft from B-17 bombers to 747 transports, as well as balloons and gliders during his 50-plus years as a pilot. He soloed at age 16 in an Aeronca Chief and got his first airline job in 1951 flying DC-3s for Capital Airlines. Capital merged with United Airlines in 1961 and Verne became a part of that company. He has also flown as a corporate pilot for such companies as U.S. Steel, C&O Railroad, and Blannox.
Active in the sport aviation world, Jobst was president of the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) from 1973-78. He had previously served as editor of the IAC publication, Sport Aerobatics. As chief pilot for the 1977 Lindbergh Commemorative Tour, he logged hundreds of hours behind the controls of the EAA Air Museum’s Spirit of St. Louis replica.
Among his 40,000 logged flight hours, more than 11,500 were instructional hours, and he was inducted into the Flight Instructors Hall of Fame in 1999. Jobst has also served as air show director at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and piloted a wide variety of historic aircraft including EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast.Richard “Dick” Taylor
Richard W. Taylor, airplane designer, test pilot, aerospace executive and active pilot, retired from the Boeing Company in 1991 after 45 years of service. Since retiring, he continues to serve as an active consultant to the Boeing Company in matters of certification, design, safety and extended range operations.
In 1991, he received the FAA’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Award, for extraordinary service in the field of aviation safety and contributions to international aviation. In 1967, he was the recipient of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots' Doolittle Award for Excellence in Technical Management. In 1973, he was awarded an honorary doctor of engineering degree from Purdue Unviersity.
A native of Indiana, Dick graduated from Purdue University. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a director of the EAA Aviation Foundation, and a fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. He owns and flies a Piper Aerostar and a Piper Cub.Joe Wyatt
Joe Wyatt served as Chancellor of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1982-2000. Much of his earlier career focused on computer science and systems, beginning at General Dynamics Corporation in 1956, continuing in Symbiotics International, Inc. and then at the University of Houston. In 1976, he was appointed Vice-President for Administration at Harvard University and was named to his present position in 1982. He holds degrees in mathematics from Texas Christian University and the University of Texas.
Wyatt holds commercial, instrument, multi-engine and seaplane ratings. He owns a Beechcraft Baron 58 and a 1953 Classic Cessna 180. He has served as a member of the EAA President’s Council and as a director of the EAA Foundation. He and his wife, Faye, live in Burns, Tennessee, on a property with a 1,500-foot turf strip.